Positive End Expiratory Pressure (PEEP)

Positive End Expiratory Pressure (PEEP)

  • Purpose:
    • provide positive airway pressure to prevent alveolar collapse at the end of expiration
    • refers to positive pressure situations
    • to increase lung compliance
  • Indications
    • Hemodynamically stable patient receiving positive pressure ventilation
      1. Patient transfer
      2. COPD
      3. CHF
      4. drowning
      5. ARDS
      6. Chest trauma
  • Contraindications
  • Complications
    • Can diminish venous return
    • Can cause barotrauma
  • Procedure
    1. Effects of PEEP on venous return
    2. Intubation and PEEP

Content Creator: Noah Carlson

CAPCE Course Number: 21-EMTP-F3-3305

Total CE Hours: 1.0

Level: Advanced

EMT-CE uses the NEMSES guidelines as the foundation for every course outline.